History Recap / TheSimpsonsS1E4TheresNoDisgraceLikeHome

22nd Jan '17 2:00:01 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BigBlackout: The family members apply so many electric shocks at each other at Dr. Marvin Monroe's therapy that they take the power from the city.


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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer's most popular characterization as a crude, clumsy, lazy, ignorant man, with alcoholic tendencies, makes this an ''extremely'' odd episode to watch, especially for those who have ''never'' seen the show in its early days. He is embarrassed by his family's boorish behavior, including Marge getting drunk at his boss's party, and takes them to family therapy. If this was written after the first season, the roles would undoubtedly be reversed. Adding to this, ''Homer sells the TV'' in order to pay for the therapy; again, something he'd never even ''contemplate'' doing post-season one. While Homer is somewhat called out on it later that episode, since most of the things he was ashamed of them doing were ''his'' fault in the first place, he shows a lot more devotion to his family here than in later seasons.
30th Dec '16 10:08:04 AM pointycatears
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* IdenticalStranger: A whole family of identical strangers to the Simpsons (only much more kempt) are seen exiting Marvin Monroe's office, with the Homer lookalike even spouting Homer's old CatchPhrase. Homer takes this as a sign that Monroe knows his stuff.

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* IdenticalStranger: A whole family of identical strangers to the Simpsons (only much more kempt) are seen exiting Marvin Monroe's office, with the Homer lookalike even spouting Homer's old CatchPhrase. Homer takes this as a sign that Monroe knows his stuff. Earlier in the episode, [[FreezeFrameBonus they can briefly be seen in the background]] at Mr. Burns' company picnic.
16th Oct '16 4:15:37 PM NESBoy
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* WheelOfFeet: [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S01E04/671559/672560/ Bart and Lisa do this]] when running away from a house with the rest of their family.
28th Sep '16 3:27:35 PM Premonition45
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* MadLibsCatchPhrase: This episode marks the first time Homer says "Mmm, [food item]...".
25th Aug '16 4:46:43 PM DivineDeath
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* NotSoAboveItAll: Despite his insistence that he's the OnlySaneMan in his family, Homer frequently displays his own failings. He reacts with angered violence towards his children's quips, fails to pay attention to the counseling he forced the rest of the family to go through, and abuses the shock therapy with the rest of his family.
21st Aug '16 5:57:05 PM DivineDeath
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* BadBoss: Mr. Burns seems to have designed his company picnic as more of a means to weed out employees he doesn't like rather than host a pleasant evening for them. He fires a man just on the suspicion that he doesn't have a happy family, forces every father and son to take part in a potato sack race that is arranged for him to win, and threatens to release the hounds on everyone once the event is over.
20th Aug '16 1:57:28 PM BatmanKalEl
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: As noted in the commentary, ''everything'' about the episode is wrong compared to what the show soon became, with Homer being the one embarrassed by his family's antics being the most glaring (as usually this is a characteristic more appropriate for Marge or Lisa). Bart and Maggie (and maybe some of the ancillary characters, like Moe, Mr.Burns, Dr. Monroe, and the two cops, Eddie and Lou) are the only ones whose personalities aren't altered.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: As noted in the commentary, ''everything'' about the episode is wrong compared to what the show soon became, with Homer being the one embarrassed by his family's antics being the most glaring (as usually this is a characteristic more appropriate for Marge or Lisa). Bart and Maggie (and maybe some of the ancillary characters, like Moe, Mr. Burns, Dr. Monroe, and the two cops, Eddie and Lou) are the only ones whose personalities aren't altered.
20th Aug '16 1:56:54 PM BatmanKalEl
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: As noted in the commentary, ''everything'' about the episode is wrong compared to what the show soon became, with Homer being the one embarrassed by his family's antics being the most glaring (as usually this is a characteristic more appropriate for Marge or Lisa). Bart and Maggie (and maybe some of the ancillary characters, like Moe, Dr. Monroe, and the two cops, Eddie and Lou) are the only ones whose personalities aren't altered.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: As noted in the commentary, ''everything'' about the episode is wrong compared to what the show soon became, with Homer being the one embarrassed by his family's antics being the most glaring (as usually this is a characteristic more appropriate for Marge or Lisa). Bart and Maggie (and maybe some of the ancillary characters, like Moe, Mr.Burns, Dr. Monroe, and the two cops, Eddie and Lou) are the only ones whose personalities aren't altered.
19th Apr '16 5:14:54 PM YellowYoshi398
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* IdenticalStranger: A whole family of identical strangers to the Simpsons (only much more kempt) are seen exiting Marvin Monroe's office, with the Homer lookalike even spouting Homer's old CatchPhrase. Homer takes this as a sign that Monroe knows his stuff.


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** This episode is notably the ''last'' proper appearance of Homer's CatchPhrase "Let's all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes", a RunningGag from the ''Tracey Ullman'' era. Every time the show has referenced the line since, it has been a CallBack to how [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness old and weird]] it is.
11th Dec '15 8:56:14 AM windyshadow32
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